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Shannon commented on Building The Basics Pensacola Virtually

Thanks, Isaac! We think of text platform as one piece of the effort. Once parents are enrolled, they receive texts until the child turns 3, and the texts are based on the age of the child when mom or dad signs up for the texts. The goal is to saturate the community with the message about the importance of early talk and interaction in health brain development, healthy social-emotional development and school readiness. We want every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle caregiver and family friend to hear that message and put it into practice. We've been working since 2017 to layer projects into the fabric of our community to work on this from several angles. the text platform would be an important tool to help with follow-up from our in-hospital education program, our partnership with home-visitation providers and our own weekly parent outreach program. We added a layer for siblings to be brought into the fold as well, that is elementary and middle school based that we were piloting until COVID closed our public schools. We were seeing good results in improving the social-emotional development and language skills of our 4-year-olds in the program, and the older students (fourth-graders and eighth graders in the pilot)were seeing average of 38 percent fluency gains in their own reading scores.

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Shannon commented on Build a Brain, Build a Life

Thank you, Judy! We are deeply grateful to our community partners in this project!

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Shannon commented on Build a Brain, Build a Life

Thank you, Elizabeth. The Lullabye project sounds like such a wonderful idea! We built a playlist of lullabye music for our Brain Bag with the help of the music department of our local university. It is inspiring to learn about what others are doing in this area to help all of our children have the best chance for a good start. -- Shannon